Senate wrestles with tax reform bill as senators have fiery clash over bill’s goals

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WASHINGTON,- House Republicans are celebrating the passage of their tax bill, but now that it's the senate's turn, things aren't exactly going swimmingly since some senators had a heated argument Friday.

"With all due respect I get sick and tired of the richest people in this country getting richer and richer," Ohio's Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown said.

"Regular order! Wo! Regular order!" the Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch said.

Meantime, House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady flew home to Texas after the House vote and says the House tax plan means big things for Texas.

"For Texas, the House bill will create 74,000 new jobs, and increase paychecks- on average- by about $2,500," Brady said.

Brady insists the differences between the Senate and House bills are a good thing and that they will make the final tax bill even better.

"Both the House and Senate are driving toward the pro-growth, bold tax reform that we agreed with the president we would do," Brady said.

Brady promises Texans will see higher wages and that big companies overseas will be enticed to return home to the Lone Star State.

"The tax rate to bring those dollars to be reinvested back in Texas will be zero tax rate," Brady remarked. "That's critical to growth. We want to see those jobs and those headquarters come back."

But some question why these tax reforms are even needed with a currently improving economy?

"We have the worse tax code maybe on the planet," Brady insisted. "It's costly, it's complex, it's unfair."

Brady says without tax reforms the U.S. economy will grow at less than 2 percent and become stagnant.

Yet, with tax reforms "Tax Foundation estimates it'll grow the economy by 3 1/2 percent."

But Democrats continue to insist these tax reforms are only to help the rich and one Republican senator is tired of hearing that.

"I come from the lower middle-class originally," Utah Senator Orrin Hatch said. "We didn't have anything. So don't spew that stuff on me, I get real tired of that crap."

Congressman Brady said the senate will take up their tax bill after the Thanksgiving break.

"Right now, we are on schedule to deliver tax reform to the president's desk by the end of the year," Brady said.

Perhaps that's something Republicans will be thankful for!


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